Dutch Company to Supply Water in Kisumu Slums.

A Dutch Company has partnered with the Water Services Trust Fund and Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company to supply clean piped water to over 12, 000 residents of informal settlements in Kisumu.

The project dubbed Performance Enhancement for water Utilities in Kenya (PEWAK) targets the urban poor in Kisumu city.

Speaking during the commissioning of the project Vitens Evides International (VEI) Programmes manager Mrs. Lieke Nijik said 43 water points, three kiosks and 45 prepaid water meters have been installed in

nformal settlements.

The establishments, she said came into being through the funding of Sh. 19 million through Vitens Evides International (VEI) and an additional Sh. 11 million from Water Services Trust Fund.

An additional 3.5 kilometres of pipeline has also been put in place to enhance access to clean drinking water.

Nijik said more prepaid meters shall be supplied in the next phase of the project which she said shall go a long way in reducing cases of water borne diseases in the targeted areas.

Vitens Evides International (VEI) is a consortium of six Dutch water companies whose customers pay extra for the water they consume to promote such ventures around the world.

Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF) Chief Manager in charge of investments and programmes Mr. Willis Okello said the partnership with KIWASCO has seen major water projects that had collapsed revived.

He disclosed that for the last ten years, WSTF has funded KIWASCO to a tune of Sh. 54 million.

Source: Kenya News Agency